Board of Directors
John Agwunobi is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Herbalife Nutrition, a premier global nutrition company that serves customers in 94 countries. Agwunobi is a passionate proponent of Herbalife Nutrition’s mission to improve the nutrition habits of people worldwide, strengthening our communities and providing independent distributors a business opportunity to earn supplemental income. As chief executive officer, he sets the strategy for Herbalife Nutrition, overseeing all aspects of the Company’s growth and ensuring that the Company continues to be recognized worldwide as a leading nutrition company, with a keen focus on initiatives that can positively impact issues affecting global society, including overweight and obesity, healthy aging, and a business opportunity.
Agwunobi previously served as co-president and chief health and nutrition officer, directing the Company’s nutrition philosophy. Since joining the Company in 2016, Agwunobi has worked closely with Herbalife Nutrition independent distributors and customers, ensuring that the Company continuously innovates in the areas of product development, technology, marketing and distributor sales. He also led the Herbalife Nutrition Institute, the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board, and the Herbalife Dietetic Advisory Board, and worked with the Company’s Ph.D.s and scientists to integrate nutrition science into Herbalife Nutrition products.
Agwunobi brings a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors to his role. Most notably, in the private sector, he served as senior vice president and president of health and wellness for the world’s largest retailer, Walmart, where he led a team of over 65,000 and grew the business from $25 billion to over $30 billion. In the public sector, Agwunobi served as Florida’s Secretary of Health and later as Admiral, U.S. Public Health Services Commissioned Corps and the Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In these roles, he was responsible for disease prevention and health promotion. He oversaw the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the office of the U.S. Surgeon General, and numerous other public health offices and programs.
Agwunobi has a broad educational background that includes a master's in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a master's in business administration from Georgetown University. He completed his pediatric residency at Howard University and is currently a licensed physician in Florida and Maryland. He serves on numerous boards including the U.S. African Development Foundation and Bluebird Bio.
Dr. Richard Carmona serves as Chief of Health Innovations of Canyon Ranch, a life-enhancement company.
Dr. Carmona is the first distinguished professor of Public Health at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona.
Prior to joining Canyon Ranch, Dr. Carmona served as the 17th Surgeon General of the United States from August 2002 through July 2006. Previously, he was Chairman of the State of Arizona Southern Regional Emergency Medical System; a professor of surgery, public health, and family and community medicine at the University of Arizona; and surgeon and deputy sheriff of the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Department. His leadership in public office, private industry and academia uniquely position him to help guide Herbalife Nutrition in providing healthy nutrition choices to people around the world.
Dr. Carmona served in the U.S. Army and the Army’s Special Forces. He also serves as a director of Axon and the Clorox Company.
Alan LeFevre is the former executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Jarden Corporation, a leading provider of consumer products with a portfolio of over 120 brands sold globally. As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. LeFevre lends significant financial experience to helping Herbalife Nutrition deliver on its purpose of making the world healthier and happier.
Prior to becoming CFO, from 1997 to 2014 Mr. LeFevre served multiple roles at Jarden’s subsidiary, Jarden Consumer Solutions, formerly the Sunbeam Corporation. In his position as executive vice president of operations and chief financial officer, he oversaw the accounting and finance, supply chain, manufacturing, sourcing, engineering and information technology groups for Jarden Consumer Solutions.
Mr. LeFevre started his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. as a certified public accountant in 1982.
Mr. LeFevre graduated with distinction from Valparaiso University, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
The Honorable Michael Montelongo, a former presidential appointee and Senate-confirmed official, is president and chief executive officer of GRC Advisory Services, LLC, a private firm specializing in board governance, risk management, and compliance matters. He is also a senior advisor at LeadershipForward, a premier leadership performance firm serving Fortune 500 and small business clients and serves on the boards of the Larry H. Miller Management Corporation, Exostar LLC, and Aerospace Corporation.
Mr. Montelongo’s expertise leading change in large organizations, with a focusing on strategy, financial and risk management (including cyber-risk), policymaking, and operations excellence for global commercial and public sector enterprises, helps Herbalife Nutrition grow and innovate in order to help people around the world live healthy active lifestyles.
Most recently, Mr. Montelongo served as chief administrative officer and senior vice president, public policy and corporate affairs for Sodexo, Inc., the leading $9 billion, 133,000-person quality of life services enterprise in North America. Previously, he was a Bush White House appointee serving as the 19th assistant secretary for financial management and chief financial officer of the U.S. Air Force and concluded his tenure at the Pentagon as acting secretary of the Air Force. A public policy expert, he is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Before joining the Bush administration, Mr. Montelongo was an executive with a global management consulting firm, a regional telecommunications company, and completed a career in the U.S. Army that included line and staff assignments, a Congressional Fellowship in the U.S. Senate, and service as an assistant professor teaching economics and political science at West Point.
The first in his extended family to attend college, Mr. Montelongo earned his bachelor’s degree in science from West Point and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. Active in civic leadership, he volunteers for organizations that expand opportunities for young people, support community health and wellness, assist veterans, and promote national service. A recipient of military, government, and corporate awards, he is featured in several nationally recognized Latino publications including being twice listed in Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics.
Juan Miguel Mendoza is an independent Herbalife Nutrition distributor with more than 25 years of experience helping people live healthy active lifestyles through personalized nutrition and coaching. Mr. Mendoza is also a member of the Company’s Chairman’s Club, an achievement he has held since 2013.
Mr. Mendoza regularly tours the world, training independent Herbalife Nutrition distributors about the business, the products, and the importance of our distributor difference. He is an integral member of various strategy and planning groups for the Company.
As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Mendoza brings a first-hand understanding of the function and specific needs of the Company’s independent distributors, the ultimate drivers of Herbalife Nutrition’s business, to the Board. His tenure as an independent distributor also provides valuable insight into the Company’s growth and development over a 25-year period.
Mr. Mendoza and his wife, Andrea, use Herbalife Nutrition products, in conjunction with their regular nutrition and workout plan. They conduct business in more than ten countries and work together from home, where they can spend quality time with their family.
Margarita Paláu-Hernández, nominated by the President of the United States to serve as United States Representative to the United Nations General Assembly 73rd Session with the rank of Ambassador, is the founder and chief executive officer of Hernandez Ventures, a private firm engaged in the acquisition and management of a variety of business interests. Ms. Paláu-Hernández is committed to community engagement and leveraging that experience to help Herbalife Nutrition deliver on its mission of helping people live healthy active lifestyles.
Ms. Paláu-Hernández is an attorney with financial and entrepreneurial expertise. Prior to founding Hernandez Ventures in 1988, she spent three years with the law firm of McCutcheon, Black, Verleger & Shea specializing in domestic and international business and real estate transactions.
Since November 2015, Ms. Paláu-Hernández has been a director and member of the Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees of the publicly traded ALJ Regional Holdings, Inc. She is a member of numerous non-profit commissions and boards, including the Pacific Council on International Policy; the Smithsonian National Latino Board; UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors; UCLA Law Women L.E.A.D; Yale School of Management Council of Global Advisors; Ex-Officio Board Member of Yale School of Management and Trustee Emeritus of the University of San Diego.
Ms. Paláu-Hernández earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.
Ms. Maria Otero currently serves on the board of directors of Development Alternatives Inc., a global development company. Ms. Otero’s expansive career focused on empowering those less fortunate around the world, leadership roles, extensive public service and microfinance experience help Herbalife Nutrition deliver on its mission to help people live healthy active lifestyles.
In 2009, she was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate to serve as Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. In 2012, Secretary Clinton named Maria Otero as Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, a newly created office and position at the State Department, where she served until 2013. During her time at the Department of State, Undersecretary Otero also served as the President’s Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues. She became the highest-ranking Hispanic official at the State Department and the first Latina undersecretary in its history. She was appointed by President Clinton to chair the board of the Inter-American Foundation and by President Bush to serve as vice-chair on the board of the US Institute of Peace. In 2006, she was appointed by Secretary General Kofi Annan to the U.N. Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial Sectors. She also chaired the board of Bread for the World and served on the boards of the Calvert Foundation and BRAC in Bangladesh.
From 2000 to 2009 Ms. Otero served as President and CEO of Accion International, a global microfinance organization operating in 26 countries. In that capacity, she chaired the board of Accion Investments, a global equity investment fund and represented Accion on the board of several microfinance banks. Ms. Otero also worked as an economist for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Women in Development Office of USAID. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
Ms. Otero holds an M.A. in literature from the University of Maryland; an M.A. in International Relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), at the Johns Hopkins University; and holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.
Mr. John Tartol is an independent Herbalife Nutrition distributor with more than 35 years of experience with the Company. He is a member of the Company’s Chairman’s Club since 2000.
His experience training other independent Herbalife Nutrition distributors all over the world and serving on various strategy and planning groups lends itself to helping Herbalife Nutrition deliver on its mission to help people live healthy active lifestyles.
He is also active on behalf of various charities in his community and worldwide on behalf of the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois.